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Valley News Dispatch

Buffalo cell tower up for vote on Wednesday

Chuck Biedka
| Monday, April 9, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Matt Provenzo | Tribune-Review

Buffalo Township supervisors on Wednesday are poised to give final approval to a plan to erect a communications tower off Fleming Road.

Last week, the township's planning commission referred the project to the supervisors with a favorable recommendation.

Verizon is slated to be a major customer using the Howes Run cellular tower off Fleming Road on the Joseph and Linda Varos Farm, according to the company.

Township zoning officer Roger Kelly said the tower was approved as a conditional use. Supervisors will vote on the overall project at their regular Wednesday meeting.

The tower will be erected on a wooded hill in an isolated area, Kelly said.

STC Towers, of Warsaw, Ind., will put up the tower.

Company spokesman Sean M. Boylan said the tower will be about 250 feet tall.

It will have a flashing lights to warn pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration will add the tower on its notices to aviation companies.

Boylan said the tower will have a self-supporting lattice design. The tower will be able accommodate up to four wireless carriers.

Verizon is the only one identified at this point.

Boylan said STC Towers has 30-year contracts with Verizon and other companies.

The company has about 14 similar projects under way in various stages in the western part of the state.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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